How to Use the Apple TV Remote

Use apple tv remote to apple tv 4K and earlier, or iPhone and iPad with the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.

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The Basics

The Apple TV remote is a sleek and intuitive way to control your TV. The touch surface on the remote allows you to easily navigate your way around the Apple TV interface. In this article, we’ll show you how to use the basic functions of the Apple TV remote.

What You Need

To use your Apple TV remote, you need:
-An Apple TV 4K apple tv hd running tvOS 13.4 or later
-An iPhone 6s or later with iOS 13.4 or later, or ipod touch (7th generation) with iOS 13.4 or later
-The free Remote app from the App Store

If you have an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, you can use the Volume control on your phone to adjust sound on your Apple TV.

How to Set Up the Remote

Your Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD should come with the Siri Remote. If you need a replacement, you can buy one from the Apple Store or an authorized Apple reseller.

If you have an older model of Apple TV, you might need an IR extender cable to use the remote with your device.

To set up the remote:
1. Open settings app on your Apple TV.
2. Go to Remotes and Devices.
3. Select Remote Control Connection Type and choose a connection type: Bluetooth or IR (infrared).
4. If you’re using Bluetooth, follow the onscreen instructions to pair your remote with your Apple TV. If you’re using IR, point your remote directly at your Apple TV and enter the four-digit code that appears on your screen.

The Buttons

The top of the remote has a glass touch surface with an integrated click pad that lets your swipe, scroll, and click. Just below the touchpad, there are four buttons. The Menu button takes you to the main screen. The Home button takes you to the home screen. The Siri button activates Siri. The volume buttons adjust the volume on your television or your receiver, depending on where you have your audio output set up.

The Touchpad

The Apple TV remote has a built-in touchpad that you can use to navigate the Apple TV interface. The touchpad is located at the top of the remote and is used to control the on-screen cursor. To use the touchpad, simply place your finger on the surface and move it around. You can press down on the touchpad to select an item.

To enter text, simply tap on the touchpad to bring up the keyboard. You can then use the touchpad to move the cursor around and select individual keys. To delete a character, swipe from left to right on the touchpad. To delete an entire word, double-tap on the touchpad while in text entry mode.

The Menu Button

The menu button is the main way to navigate the Apple TV interface. Pressing it once will take you to the main menu, where you can choose between different apps and settings. Pressing and holding the menu button will cause a screenshot of your current screen to be taken.

The Play/Pause Button

The Play/Pause button is located in the center of the control pad. It is used start and stop playback of content on your Apple TV. To play or pause, simply press the button once. You can also press and hold the button to fast-forward or rewind.

The Volume Buttons

The volume buttons on the Apple TV Remote control the volume for your television or receiver, not for your Apple TV.

To set the volume on your television or receiver, use the Menu button on your remote to go to Settings. Select Audio. You can then adjust the HDMI Output volume or set it to match the volume of your audio system.

The Home Button

The Home button on the new Apple TV remote is similar to the home button on your iPhone and iPad. It takes you to the main screen (or “home screen”) of the new Apple TV interface. The home button also has a force sensor that allows it to click in addition to being a touch-sensitive surface. This “click” can be used as a way to confirm selections or as an additional way to return to the main screen from anywhere in the tvOS interface.

The Gestures

The Apple TV remote has a glass touch surface that you can use for navigation. There are five basic gestures that you can use with the remote: swiping, scrolling, flicking, tapping, and holding. To navigate to the home screen, just swipe up from the bottom of the screen. To go back to the previous screen, swipe from left to right. To scroll, flick up or down. To select an item, just tap it. And to bring up the Siri search, just hold down the Siri button. That’s all there is to it!


There are a few different ways to navigate the Apple TV interface, but the primary method is swiping. To do this, simply hold your finger down on the trackpad and move it in the desired direction. You can also swipe up, down, left, and right to access different menus and options.


To select an item, tap it. For example, to select an app on the Home screen, tap it.

You can also double-tap to zoom in or out on a video, map, or photo.

Pressing and Holding

Pressing and holding is how you activate Siri, put your Apple TV to sleep, or restart it.
-To activate Siri, press and hold the microphone button on the Siri Remote.
-To put your Apple TV to sleep, press and hold the Play/Pause button.
-To restart your Apple TV, press and hold both the Play/Pause and Menu buttons at the same time.

The Extras

There are a lot of features on the Apple TV remote that you may not be aware of. In this article, we’ll go over some of the extra features and how to use them.

The Search App

Apple TV comes with a built-in app called Search that lets you find and watch TV shows, movies, and other video content. Search is located in the top-right corner of the main menu.

To use Search:

1. Select the Search app on the main menu.
2. Enter the name of the TV show, movie, or other video content you’re looking for. As you type, search suggestions will appear below the field.
3. Select a suggestion to see a list of results, or continue typing to refine your search.
4. To watch a result, select it, then choose Play from the detail screen that appears.

The Settings App

settings app is your go-to spot for all things related to your Apple TV. Here, you can change the screensaver, adjust network settings, and more.

To open the Settings app, press and hold the Select button on your remote. Then, use the touchpad or Siri Remote to navigate to the Settings icon.

The Siri Remote App

In addition to the physical Siri Remote, you can also control your Apple TV with the Siri Remote App on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The app is available for free on the App Store.

To use the Siri Remote App, you’ll need to have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 11.2 or later. You’ll also need to be within range of your Apple TV—the app uses Bluetooth to communicate with your Apple TV.

Once you have the Siri Remote App installed on your device, open it and follow the onscreen instructions to connect it to your Apple TV. Once it’s connected, you’ll be able to use the app as a controller for your Apple TV.

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